The 7-Eleven just south of the Burlingame border that neighbors protested and brought the city of San Mateo to court is officially closing its doors at the end of this month, while the city will pay the convenience store and property owners $150,000.
The city signed an agreement for closure of the 501 N. San Mateo Drive store and 7-Eleven needs to vacate the location by the end of this month, according to the terms of the settlement agreement. The $150,000 will be split between the property owner Portfolio Development Partners and 7-Eleven and, in exchange, all the lawsuits will be dismissed, said City Attorney Shawn Mason.
In January, the city found itself in front of a Superior Court judge who ruled the council did act appropriately when it determined the store was illegally operating in a residential zone and asked it to vacate early last year.
As part of the settlement, “the property owner will acknowledge going forward any use of the site needs to be consistent with R-4 (multi-family residential) zoning,” Mason said.
The city will continue to work with 7-Eleven and it has shown some interest in opening a store in San Mateo if it finds an appropriate location, Mayor Robert Ross previously said.
Residents in the area had been vocal about their opposition to the store, including Jeff Gilbert who lives a few houses down from the store. Gilbert said he’s very happy with the results of the negotiation and thanks the city for their diligence with the situation.
“We are happy to hear most if the employees will be able to work at a neighboring 7-Eleven,” he wrote in an email. “This process was lengthy and at times very frustrating. … David occasionally beats Goliath and in this case it applies. Most importantly, the neighborhood will be safe and clear of daily debris. We look forward to the site being used with the proper residential coding.”